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Pleated Shorts – BurdaStyle 2/2013 #129

They’re not that bad, although my mother initially thought they’d look great in a ‘pride’ parade, lol! The groovy fabric wasn’t easy to work with because it was originally an unfinished homemade evening dress I’d found in my vintage stash – I think the fabric is boucle – and it was a few sizes too small for me, so I attacked it with my scissors lol. I had to carry out some hidden piecing so I could have enough fabric for all pattern pieces. At least it came complete with pretty satin lining, which has been used for the inside of the shorts including the pockets. My version grips to the thighs, and it wouldn’t have helped that I didn’t know how to sew crotch seams in, lol (I do now, but didn’t bother fixing it). But I’m sure they won’t split when I sit down, and they’re still comfy to wear. My waist band ended up thinner than intended. I liked learning to sew these as they’re my first shorts. Time to put them to use on the New Years’ party circuit, lol.

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